Uganda | Visit Uganda

Uganda is located in East Africa and is referred to as the pearl of Africa due to its variety of wildlife attractions and its beauty of physical features. Trips to this country offer a tourist a variety of activities to engage in and many different tourist attraction sites to visit.


Safaris to Uganda can be organized by different tour operators such as Focus East Africa Tours who open up the possibility of experiencing the beauty of this country. The natural attractions in Uganda range from its beautiful mountains, colorful hills to the deep valleys and savannah plains in the national parks.

Uganda is gifted by nature and also has numerous lakes and rivers around the country. The source of the Nile which is Lake Victoria is also among the lakes found in this country. 

Some of the top attractions which attract tourists to make Safaris Uganda packages include the national parks located in different parts of the country such as Murchison falls national park, Queen Elizabeth national park, Kibale national park, Bwindi impenetrable national park, Kidepo national park, Mgahinga national park, Lake Mburo national park, Semliki national park, Rwenzori national park, and Mount Elgon national park.

Various wildlife species can be seen in these national parks during Safaris Uganda trips and they include the big five (lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, rhino), the endangered gorillas in Bwindi national park, chimpanzees in kibale national park, tree climbing lions in Queen Elizabeth national park. other wildlife species in Uganda national parks include waterbucks, warthogs, giraffes, sitatungas and many primate species such as red tailed monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys, patas monkeys and many more.

Uganda is also blessed with an abundance of bird species such as shoebill, African jacana, kingfishers, weavers, eagles, storks, sunbirds, handsome francolin, Karamoja apalis, warblers, papyrus gonolek and many others. There are different good birding spots for an exclusive birding experience for tourists who take trips to this country such as mabamba swamps, budongo forest and the different national parks.

Apart from the wildlife and bird species, Uganda also has sanctuaries and other protected areas aimed at promoting conservation and they include Ziwa rhino sanctuary, Ngamba island chimpanzee sanctuary among others.

To participate in some of these activities during Safari Uganda trips, tourists are required to possess permits that are obtained from the Uganda Wildlife Authority which is in charge of managing the different national parks. Uganda wildlife authority also comes up with the rules and regulations for the national parks.

Gorilla trekking is among the activities that tourists engage in during their trips to Uganda and this activity is at a cost of USD 600 to spend time with the endangered gorillas and search for them in their natural habitat.

Other activities that tourists engage in during their trips to Uganda include white water rafting, game drives, bird watching, lion tracking, hiking, coffee tours, cultural encounters, nature walks, mountain climbing, sport fishing, gorilla habituation, & chimpanzee trekking.

Trips are also organized to experience the city life in Kampala city which is referred to as the city of seven hills. Tourists visit different sights and landmarks around ranging from cultural, religious, commercial, historical attractions such as Gaddafi mosque, Bahai temple, Kasubi tombs, Namugongo martyrs shrine, Uganda museum, Nakasero market and many arts and crafts centers.

Trips to Uganda start from Entebbe international airport which organizes domestic, chartered and scheduled flights in the country. Flights are also organized to some of the national parks at the airstrips which makes travel easy and convenient.

Different companies also organize flights to the national parks for tourists who have planned trips around Uganda and these companies include Aerolink Uganda, Eagle air and many others. These companies organize scheduled flights for tourists to experience an aerial view of the beauty of the pearl of Africa.   

Other means of transport used by tourists taking trips in Uganda include road transport and water transport. Different roads have been constructed linking the major towns to the tourist attraction sites and for easy access by tourists for a fulfilling and satisfying experience.

The currency used in this country is the Ugandan shilling and different foreign exchange companies are available around the country to help tourists to convert their money which is advisable for easy transactions during a trip to a foreign country.

The number of tourists organizing trips to Uganda is steadily increasing and this has boosted the tourism sector in this country. The hospitality sector has also improved in Uganda and many accommodation facilities have been constructed around the tourist attraction sites.

The accommodation facilities where tourists stay in Uganda during their trips are built to suit the needs of the tourists and they range from luxury accommodation, mid-range accommodation, and budget accommodation. 

The best time to visit Uganda during a trip is during the dry season in the months of June, July, August, December, January, and February. And the best weather is experienced in the months of June to July and in January and February.  

The rainy months pose many difficulties to tourists as they visit the different attraction sites around Uganda and in the national parks, the grass is longer in the rainy season making it hard to spot the different wildlife species and the rains also lead to slippery trails and muddy roads which are unpleasant and ruin the tourists experience.

The favorable climatic conditions in Uganda which experience only two seasons namely the wet season and the dry season have contributed greatly to the increase in tourism ventures in this tropical paradise. The good climate of Uganda has also favored the growth of crops around the country.

The food which is grown locally is sold to the different accommodation facilities around the country and this organic food is served to tourists. The meals are also prepared with local ingredients and spices for a taste of Ugandan cuisine.

Gorillas in Uganda
Gorillas in Uganda are one of the top tourist attractions in the country

Uganda has numerous cultures distributed to the different regions of the country which include the central, western, eastern and northern regions. These different cultures have unique ways of life, food preparation methods, dress code, traditions and norms, festivals and so much more.

Entry and exit formalities for tourists in Uganda include a visa and passport for foreign nationals, yellow fever card. Some countries are exempted from payment for the VISA to access Uganda and they include East African countries, COMESA.

Visit the pearl of Africa today and embrace the beauty of nature in the various attractions that Uganda has to offer.

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